The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks have pulled off the rare late-July trade as the Penguins have sent center Brandon Sutter and a third-round pick to the Canucks.
Going back to the Penguins in the deal are center Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a second-round pick.
Sutter, 26, is coming off a season in which he scored 21 goals and tallied 12 assists while playing on Pittsburgh’s third line. A pending unrestricted free agent, Sutter has a cap hit of $3.3 million for the 2015-16 saeason.
On the other side of the deal, Bonino goes to Pittsburgh after having a season where he recorded 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points. The 27-year old has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of just $1.9 million per year. Clendening, 22, adds a nice offensive presence for the Penguins blue line, and should compete for a main roster spot come training camp in September.
The move continues the Penguins’ retooling after a disappointing first-round exit against the New York Rangers in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. For the Canucks, Sutter adds a proven third-line center to the team, though it could be said that the cost to acquire him may have been a bit too high.
Shortly after the trade, the Penguins also announced that free agent center Eric Fehr had been signed to a three-year contract.
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.